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Good Enough Governance” under conditions of regime transformations: quality of borrowed institutions in the catching-up states

2013
The project has been carried out as part of the HSE Program of Fundamental Studies.

Interactions of the stateness, state capacity, governance, and the quality of institutions as well as their development has become one of the mainstream directions in contemporary political science. The novelty of the current research project is provided by conceptualization and measurement of good governance and good enough governance in the context of comparative analysis of the transplantation of institutions under the processes of the catching-up development. In this case it is important to understand the conditions of the institutional transplantation and how to make this process more effective.

The object of the research is the phenomenon and concept of 'good enough' governance approached from the analytical prism of catch up development and institutional transplantation.

The goal of the research is to understand the interactions between regime transformations and the quality of transplanted institutions in those states which are 'catching up'.

The empirical base of the research is made up of existing statistical databases and datasets, as well as indices widely used in contemporary political science to analyze political regimes, regime transformations, state capacity, and other characteristics of existing states.

The empirical part of the research is implemented with the set of qualitative, including comparative qualitative analysis (QCA), as well as quantitative methods (multivariate statistical methods and formal modeling). The principal novelty of the project in terms of methodology is provided by the use of data analysis techniques (multiple imputations) helping to overcome limitations (gaps) of the databases and thus to make conclusions more accurately.

The key results of the research are the elaboration of the concepts of governance, good governance and good enough governance, the definition of basic features of transplanted institutions and description of major types of institutional transplantation. As a result, we have focused on a narrower set of characteristics (including institutions) forming the concept of good enough governance. At the same time it is important to note the institutional peculiarities that impede development and lead to “bad enough governance”. On the basis of both quantitative and qualitative comparative analysis we conclude that the good governance concept is strongly related to the institutional transplantation process and even depends on it. Therefore, while analyzing various cases with the catch-up development it may be appropriate to use a narrow understanding of stateness and state capacity – good enough governance.

The project was implemented within the framework of the HSE Basic research program.

The general results of the current research were integrated into the academic activities and educational process in the Faculty of Politics of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics”. 

Publications:


Ильин М. В. Государство-нация и исторические трансформации мирового устройства // В кн.: Мегатренды: основные траектории эволюции мирового порядка в XXI веке: Учебник. М. : Аспект Пресс, 2013. Гл. 3. С. 54-68.
Ильин М. В. Политическое самоутверждение России // Сравнительная политика. 2013. № 3 (13). С. 103-118.
Ильин М. В. "На круги своя": о политическом самоопределении России // Россия и современный мир. 2013. № 4 (81). С. 32-48.
Rosenberg D. Democracy and Quality of Governance: What Matters More for Health? / NRU Higher School of Economics. Series WP14 "Политическая теория и политический анализ". 2014. No. 01.
Мельвиль А. Ю. ЗАЧЕМ «ЦАРЮ ГОРЫ» ХОРОШИЕ ИНСТИТУТЫ? // Политическая наука. 2013. № 3. С. 151-169.
Ильин М. В. Волны трансформации мирового порядка: 1970-2000-е годы. С. 17-22.
Ильин М. В. Слоеный пирог политики: порядки режимы и практики // Полис. Политические исследования. 2014. № 3. С. 111-138.
Ильин М. В. Влияние имперского наследия, форм и порядков управляемости на развитие стран БРИК // В кн.: Модернизация и демократизация в странах БРИКС: сравнительный анализ. М. : Аспект Пресс, 2014. Гл. 10. С. 277-308.
Ilyin M. Патримониализм. Что стоит за этим термином: идеальный тип, категория, понятие или просто жужжалка? // Redescriptions. Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory. 2015. Vol. 18. No. 1. P. 26-51. doi